There were more starts for Arsenal’s players out on-loan during Sunday’s fixtures across Europe.
Takuma Asano started and completed 90 minutes for the second time in successive league matches for VfB Stuttgart as the attack-minded Japanese international operated alongside Christian Gentner in the heart of midfield.
Asano’s individual match stats:
- One completed dribble, fouled on four occasions
- Made two tackles and interceptions, committed two fouls of his own
- Completed only 43.8% of his passes
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Julio Pleguezuelo was named as one of Mallorca’s substitutes to face Cadiz and was called into action quicker than expected after replacing Juan Rodriguez on the half-hour mark. He did a good job defensively when called upon and helped the hosts to keep a clean sheet during their goalless draw.
Tafari Moore was a second-half substitute during Utrecht’s 3-2 win over De Graafschap. Replacing Jeff Hardeveld, Moore played around 25 minutes as the hosts looked to consolidate their advantage having just conceded and the 19-year-old’s inclusion added fresh legs in the backline.
Wojciech Szczesny and his Roma teammates endured a frustrating afternoon as they lost 3-2 against Sampdoria after four successive league victories. The 26-year-old was definitely not protected by his backline for large periods. Despite making a handful of saves, Woj will be disappointed to have conceded three.
Goals from Bruno Peres and Edin Dzeko were not enough to stop Roma from dropping three points against a side who were winless in eight ahead of kick-off. Attacking midfielder, Dennis Praet, levelled the scores after 20 minutes with a first-time strike that arrowed into the corner, leaving the Poland international helpless.
Ball-watching allowed substitute Patrick Schick to sneak through into the box unmarked, before cooly slotting home from a few yards out. Szczesny rushed off his line in an attempt to cover all angles but the finish was tidy.
Just two minutes later, Luis Muriel’s fantastic free-kick sealed a surprise victory. It swerved and span wildly during mid-flight, making it all the more hard for Wojciech to judge where the ball was headed before it nestled into the back of the net.
Stats’ source: WhoScored